Condolence messages from Singapore, Thai leaders

James Kon

Singapore leaders and the Prime Minister of Thailand extended their condolences to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on the passing away of Al-Marhum His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim.

“It was with profound sadness that I learnt of the passing away of Al-Marhum His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim… He will be remembered for his passion for the arts and kindness to the needy, and will be greatly missed by the people of Brunei Darussalam,” Singapore President Halimah Yacob said in her letter to His Majesty.

“On behalf of the people of Singapore, I convey my deepest sympathies to His Majesty.” Meanwhile, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Al-Marhum His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim was known for his ‘kind and generous spirit’, and for his dedication to charitable, educational and youth causes.

“It was Singapore’s privilege to have had the opportunity to host him in our schools for his primary and secondary education. I recalled him from my interactions with him over the years, as a person with great character. He will be dearly missed,” said Prime Minister Lee.

Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-Cha said, “I learnt with profound sorrow of the passing away of Al-Marhum His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim.

“On behalf of the Royal Thai government and the people of Thailand, I wish to express deepest condolences to His Majesty, members of the royal family, and the people of Brunei Darussalam for this loss.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore Vivian Balakrishnan said he was “deeply saddened” by the news and conveyed his sincere condolences. “Through his compassion and empathy, Al-Marhum His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim had endeared himself to Bruneians and all who knew him,” said Dr Balakrishnan.